>do studios just start giving anyone who thinks their a >genius millions of dollars on the spot?
No, I wouldn't expect the studios to be especially helpful there.
>And is it that there are no artistic directors making films, >or is it that you just don't like what they have to say?
My point is that they don't have *anything* to say.
>because I'm certain people on this site (including myself) >could give you a fairly large list of innovative >contemporary american directors.
And I'm certain I would disagree with most of them and you. That's okay. You already know that you and I disagree on a lot of these filmmakers. We have different things we like and different definitions of the word "artist".
I think Kiarostami is great. You don't. So what? "That's the fun of the game". I have to give my own opinion.
And by my own definitions and feelings, I think the strongest filmmakers in the world today are *not* coming from the U.S.